Funny Friday Picks, January 2009

Funny Friday Quote: It’s flooded

Funny Friday Quote:  It’s flooded

     “Honey, I can’t get the car started.  I think it’s flooded.”

     “Let me try it.  Where is it?”

     “In the river.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 147:1

“Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God;  For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are so worthy of all my praise!  You light up the sky with Your Son and every day, I find beauty in all that You have created.  I find my daily fulfillment in Your Love and rest in Your Peace.  I thank You for this blessed day and for all that it will hold! 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

January 2009

Seeing through clear lenses

Story of the day:  Seeing through clear lenses

     Emotions can tend to distort our vision.  We don’t always see things clearly when our emotions are running high.  Bill Crowder writes in Cracked Lenses:  “I started wearing glasses when I was 10 years old.  They are still a necessity because my 50-something eyes are losing their battle against time.  When I was younger, I thought glasses were a nuisance–especially when playing sports.  Once, the lenses of my glasses got cracked while I was playing softball.  It took several weeks to get them replaced.  In the meantime, I saw everything in a skewed and distorted way.

     In life, pain often functions like cracked lenses.  It creates within us a conflict between what we experience and what we believe.  Pain can give us a badly distorted perspective on life–and on God.  In those times, we need our God to provide us with new lenses to help us see clearly again.  That clarity of sight usually begins when we turn our eyes upon the Lord. 

     As we turn our eyes to the Lord in times of pain and struggle, we will experience His comfort and hope in our daily lives.  He will help us see everything clearly again.”

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Focusing on Christ puts everything in perspective.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 141:8

“But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord;  In you I take refuge; Do not leave my soul destitute.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that I can see any situation that I endure through clear lenses.  I pray that my emotions do not distort my vision causing me to see things unclearly.  I pray to always focus on You and all that You have planned for me and my family.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

January 2009

“I’m shaping you for up here”

Story of the day:  “I’m shaping you for up here”

     Billy Graham tells of a story about his friend who lost his job, fortune, his wife, and his home.  But his friend held on his faith in Christ–the only thing he had left. 

     One day, his friend stopped to watch some men doing stonework on a huge church.  One of them was chiseling a triangular piece of stone. 

     “What are you doing with that?”  asked his friend.

     The workman said, “See that little opening away up there near the spire?  Well, I’m shaping this down here so it will fit in up there.”

     Tears filled Billy Grahams friend’s eyes as he walked away, for it seemed that God had spoken through the workman to explain the ordeal through which he was passing, “I’m shaping you down here so you’ll fit in up there.”

Quote of the day:  Eric Liddell

“Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins.  Our broken lives are not lost or useless.  God comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously, working out his wonderful plan of love.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Peter 2:5

“you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to find courage and strength in You this day, that all my worries may be cast upon You.  Fill me with Your Living Water so that my soul will overflow with Your Love.  Father there are many people that are struggling with the economy the way that it is.  My prayer is that You help to calm their fears that may be plaguing them this day.  I pray that they can find rest and peace in You to know that You are watching over them and that You hear their prayers as they call out to You.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

January 2009

The Braid of Marriage

Story of the day:  The Braid of Marriage

     As Jeff and I were reading one of his books for his upcoming class called Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts, I came across a line in the book that really stood out.  There are so many reality shows on television about the wedding day.  From Bridezillas to Poor Bride-Rich Bride ,all of which show on television the planning process for the big day.  But, these reality shows lack something very important.  “The truth is, most engaged couples prepare more for their wedding day than they do for their marriage.”  If every couple before they got married spent as much time on preparing for their marriage as they do for their wedding date, then the fairy tale “happy ever after” may become more of a reality than hoping for the best.  So what can be done for those that are preparing for marriage or for those who have already tied the knot?

     There’s a story about a braid.  If any of you have every seen a braid or braided hair, you know that there is a planning process that goes on.  The hair is parted into strands.  At first, the braid appears to contain only two strands.  But it is impossible to create a braid with only two strands.  If the two could be put together at all, they would quickly unravel. 

     Herein lies the mystery:  What looks like two strands requires a third.  The third strand, though not immediately evident, keeps the strands tightly woven. 

     In a Christian marriage, God’s presence, like the third strand in a braid, holds husband and wife together.  The planning process of a great marriage, just like the braid, requires a third strand.  “The aching, burning urge you and your partner have to be connected -soul to soul- just like the braid, can only be quenched when your spirits are joined by a greater Spirit, Jesus Christ”-the ultimate connector.

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“And they became one that couldn’t be broken.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 5:30

“For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for my spouse.  I praise You for leading me to Him and thank You for uniting us as one.  I pray that You bless our marriage and the lives that have come from our union.  I pray that we follow as You lead us to Your calling and that our love for You and each other will continue to grow strong as the strands on the braid.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

    

    

    

January 2009

Compassion

Story of the day:  Compassion

    Doug Nichols Shares this story: 

     While serving with Operation Mobilization in India in 1967, tuberculosis forced me into a sanitarium for several months.  I sensed many weren’t happy about a rich American (to them all Americans were rich) being in a free, government-run sanitarium.  I did not yet speak the language, but I tried to give Christian literature written in their language to the patients, doctors, and nurses.  Everyone politely refused.

     The first few nights I woke around 2 a.m., coughing.  One morning during my coughing spell, I noticed one of the older and sicker patients across the aisle trying to get out of bed.  He would sit up on the edge of the be and try to stand, but in weakness would fall back into bed.  I didn’t understand what he was trying to do.  He finally fell back into bed exhausted.  I heard him crying softly.

    The next morning I realized he had been trying to get up and walk to the bathroom!  The stench in our ward was awful.  Other patients yelled insults at the man.  Angry nurses moved him roughly from side to side as they cleaned up the mess.  One nurse even slapped him.  The old man curled into a ball and wept.

     The next night I again woke up coughing.  I noticed the man across the aisle again try to stand.  Like the night before, he fell back whimpering.  I don’t like bad smells, and I didn’t want to become involved, but I got out of bed and went over to him.  When I touched his shoulder, his eyes opened with fear.  I smiled, put my arms under him, and picked him up.

     He was very light due to old age and advanced TB.  I carried him to the washroom, which was just a filthy, small room with  hole in the floor.  I stood behind him with my arms under his armpits as he took care of himself.  After he finished, I picked him up, and carried him back to his bed.  As I laid him down, he kissed me on the cheek, smiled, and said something I couldn’t understand.

     The next morning another patient woke me and handed me a steaming cup of tea.  He motioned with his hands that he wanted a tract.

     As the sun rose, other patients approached and indicated they also wanted the booklets I had tried to distribute before.  Throughout my day nurses, interns, and doctors asked for literature.

     Weeks later an evangelist who spoke the language visited me, and discovered that several had put their trust in Christ as Savior as a result of reading the literature.

     What did it take to reach these people with the gospel?  It wasn’t health, the ability to speak their language, or a persuasive talk.  I simply took a trip to the bathroom.

Quote of the day:  Walter Tubbs

“Others will not care how much we know until they know how much we care.”

Bible verse of the day:  James 3:8

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to have a heart that is always compassionate towards others.  I ask to see others through Your Loving eyes and to Love them as You do.  Take my heart, since it belongs to You, and continue to grow it into Your likeness that I may do unto others with great compassion.   I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

January 2009

Funny Friday Quote:Bride and Groom

Funny Friday Quote:  Bride and Groom (Clara Null)

     At a wedding, a little girl named Melissa asked, “Why is a bride always dressed in white?”

     “Because white represents happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life,” I  replied.

     Her next question was:  “Then why is the groom dressed in black?”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 5:17

“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the LORD is.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As another morning rolls around, I get so excited to do Your Will for my life.  I am so grateful to You for where I am at this moment.  Sitting here in Your presence I am able to listen to all that You have for me this day and I know that whatever my day holds, You will be there to provide all the love, peace, and grace for my day!  I pray that my heart continues to grow and that Your Love spills over to my students, family, friends, and people that I have yet to meet.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name i pray,

Amen

January 2009, Uncategorized

Going out on a limb

Story and Quote of the day:  Going out on a limb 

     How many times do we find ourselves out on a limb needing to be rescued?  How many times are we the ones that put ourselves out on that limb?

     “Some people think the prayer of faith is crawling out on a limb and then begging God to keep someone from sawing it off.  But that is not real prayer, that is presumption.  If God makes it clear that He wants you out on a limb, fine–you will be perfectly safe there.  If not, it is presumptuous to crawl out on that limb, expecting God to keep you there.”  Ray Stedman

     “Most limbs we crawl out on and from which we eventually need rescuing are those that we somehow justify to ourselves, even as we are inching our way on the limb.  When we want something, we often rationalize our presumptive behavior, even giving it a Christian tag.  Jesus never did anything in which He didn’t hear from the Father first.  So too every decision of ours must be from faith, not presumption.”                                                                           Nick Harrison

Bible verse of the day:  James 4:3

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

Prayer:

 Dear Heavenly Father,

There have been so many times that I have found myself out on that limb.  Father, as much as I want to believe that I needed to be out on a limb, I know there have been times, where I crawled out there on my own.  For those times, I ask for forgiveness in not waiting to hear from You.  I pray to be a fervent listener of when You say to go or to stay in all that I do.  I ask to turn down the noise in my life so that I can always hear what You are saying to me so that when I am out on the limb, it’s because You have placed me there.  I thank  You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen